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Southern Spectacular

Take in the stunning scenery of New Zealand's South Island. Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine before marvelling at Franz Josef Glacier.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 5,995
  • 2018/2019 Christchurch > Christchurch

    Grand vistas and shimmering waters

    The South Island showcases some of its most spectacular scenery throughout this journey into its heartland. Head deep into the epic wilderness, tap into Maori legends that live and breathe across every landscape and sample some of the finest cuisine around.

    Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll have a chance to explore a city rejuvenating itself after the 2011 earthquake. Take one of the great rail journeys through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine before marvelling at magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Head to Queenstown and indulge in the fantastic experiences we offer. Greet a new day in peaceful and serene Milford Sound. Surrounded by the majesty of Fiordland National Park, exploring this pristine part of the world will take your breath away. A visit to New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with its Scottish heritage is the perfect way to round off this wonderful journey.

    Tour Code:



    12 Days

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  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Christchurch

      Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Settle in for your two night stay.

    • Day 2 - Christchurch

      Go punting on the Avon River, take a tour of the Botanic Gardens or see Christchurch by open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

      Freechoice Dining

      Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.


      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

      Join the TranzAlpine for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

      Optional Flight
      Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense.)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

      Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Queenstown

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lakeshore. Alternatively, take the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

      Freechoice Dining

      Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Queenstown

      A free day to discover Queenstown.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

      In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow worms. Tonight, you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

      Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Later, travel to Dunedin for two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Dunedin

      Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 10 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel in Mount Cook.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

      Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your Special Stay. Celebrate your adventures of the South Island during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Christchurch

      It’s time to bid farewell to new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • Your choice of 23 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 18 meals – 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners